almost there

Well, my .xinitrc theory was all off with Linux. I got pdf to work by copying my root opera6.ini and plugins.ini to my user account. Go figure. Flash doesn't work with or without a desktop, which is weird, because it should. I've installed from rpm, tarball, multiple sources, taken binaries from home where it all works just dandy.

I'm sort of at loss. I hope it all just starts working magically.

Sort of like how our ILS stopped working magically last night at eight, when the people who maintain it went home. Sigh. I could ping and do other seemingly useless things, but contact with the server was intermittent at best.

Yesterday we had about a dozen magazines seemingly walk off. Some nice person took them in the bathroom and took them out of their sleeves and walked out with them. We have no security on them, not that they couldn't just rip that out anyway.

We also had some young men that were seemingly fascinated by how the table lamps turn off and on. They're not regular users (and you could tell), because library etiquette was out the window. One librarian took to calling them the "little thieves" because they kept asking for pencils. Not golf pencils... pencils with erasers. Then one asked why he had to pay for copies at a library. Free office supplies @ your library!

Actually, we had an adult come in and say the same thing. Why do I have to pay for copies? I'm thinking of keeping books on the economy handy for just such occasions.

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"Yesterday we had about a dozen magazines seemingly walk off. Some nice person took them in the bathroom and took them out of their sleeves and walked out with them. We have no security on them, not that they couldn't just rip that out anyway."

We always had detector strips in our journals, but the clever thief usually knew how to pass them around the detector or drop them out a window if possible.

Sorry to hear about your problems getting a web kiosk together. I haven't worked on precisely this problem, but last night I was wrestling with my fresh new Debian testing (Sarge) install at home with Windowmaker, and I realized that apps can be set to:

(a) start up when the window manager starts;
(b) start up fully maximized;
(c) set to be always on top;
(d) have the title bar (and its context menus, I bet) disabled.

I don't want to send you off on a rabbit trail, but I'm betting that with some experimentation, it wouldn't be too hard to have a WindowMaker setup that shows only one app fully maximized and unchangeable.

As for what can be done through the browser's menus, I think you can edit the Mozilla XUL code to remove menu options altogether. I haven't hacked on this myself, but the folks at Rice U. working on the Connexions project do hack the Mozilla XUL to create a browser heavily customized for their course module development & use.

This page has some information and links to other pages that, while old, may be helpful.

Please keep posting about this. I hope it goes well.

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